Monday, 31 January 2011

The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno

Classic from Canada's The New Pornographers. Great twist at the end.

Big Day Out

On a sweltering day came an onslaught of ear candy, some more demanding then others, but on a whole a coma inducing day. 40 degrees, crazy loud music, Iggy Pop, Lupe Fiasco, Tool, M.I.A, Crystal Castles and Die Antwoord. Panadol was the pill of the day but sun-induced headache or not, no patron left or right was about to forgo the live music spectacular because of a little bit of heat.


Saturday, 29 January 2011

Suicidal Tendencies - PEPSI

Love this mid-80s teen angst by Suicidal Tendencies. You think Pepsi paid for the vid?


Big Day Out tomorrow. Bodily harm inevitable.

Gang Star's Ode to Jazz

Guru of Gang Star is amazing. He died in April 2010 age 48.

Solomon Burke

I'm not gonna crack a joke about how he's (something about being too over-weight to get out of a chair that's probably suctioned to his ass) because Solomon Burke was the King of Rock 'N'Roll Soul. He died in October 2010 but his music definitely lives on!

Jacqueline Taieb - 7 Heures du Matin

Jacqueline Taieb is a French singer of Tunisian decent. By age 12 she was writing songs. In 1966 she was signed to Impact Records and a year later '7 Heures du Matin' was released. The track about a school girl who fantasizes about Paul McCartney was her greatest hit.

Australian act Fox & Braun are re-creating the '60s hit as we speak.

Oscar + Martin Support Cocorosie

OSCAR + MARTIN: RECOGNISE from Joshuaa on Vimeo.

Victorian experimental duo OSCAR + MARTIN recently supported the avant-garde Cocorosie in Melbourne. Check out OSCAR + MARTIN before they get swept away in the media frenzy.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

The new one from Sleigh Bells sees frontwoman Alexis take a saucy role. Fruit smoothy anyone?

Hercules & Love Affair- My House

'My House' is the first single from Hercules & Love Affair's soon to be released Blue Songs.

The new dance show of Detroit, perhaps?

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Le Cool: Buraka Som Sistema

For a free +1 tweet me the answer!

Check out the whole week's Le Cool happenings 'ere.

Interview: Everything Everything

Spoke to Everything Everything frontman Jonathan Higgs ahead of the NME nominee's Euro tour.

Interview up soon but for now here's a sneak peak question!

Q. One great recently deceased artist?

EE - Jerry Rafferty!

Couldn't agree more!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

An Alternative Guide to Valentines in London

Us single gals are full of ideas and if, god forbid ;), I wasn't single these are the types of things I would do with my beau. 

Leave the silky bow of cliche behind and eat some food with your hands! Click for full Skiddle Valentines Feature.

The Type Writer - By Michael Winslow

History of the typewriter recited by Michael Winslow from SansGil—Gil Cocker on Vimeo.

An ode to the history of the type-writer by Police Academy's very own Michael Winslow.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Review: Crystal Fighters 'At Home

The newest release from Crystal Fighter's debut LP 'Star of Love' is 'At Home'. Check out my review over at This is Fake DIY.

Egyptian Hip Hop

Egyptian Hip Hop. These young lads are the shiznit. They're going crazy for 'em in the UK and it's only a matter of time before the British boys make their way down under. This is from the new EP.

Everything Everything - Radio 1 Rihanna Cover

Everything Everything; the UK lads, have been doin' rather well since they were were shortlisted as one of the 15 acts for the BBC Sound of 2010. In August 2010 debut 'Man Alive' was released and currently they're touring the globe sharing their math-rock acoustic visions.

Below is their Rihanna 'What's My Name' cover for BBC's radio 1.

I'll be interviewing frontman Jonathan today so watch out for that interview!

The Bedroom Philosopher (Northcote - So Hungover)

The Bedroom Philosopher is a Melbourne based art-folk humourist.

Northcote - So Hungover is a satirical take on the whole indie band schtick, both visually and lyrically.

The video was directed by Craig Melville and produced by David Curry (both of The Money Shot) and is doing the Film Festival rounds as we speak. For it's plethora of awards check here.

Not bad at all.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Interview: Oliver Lang

Manchester-born Ibiza based producer Oliver Lang is finally old enough to party. In fact he creates the party. We speak to Lang about juggling a label, touring and making regular trips back to UK soil. Full interview here. 

A-TRAK Shows You Around His Studio

As a part of the 2010 SCION Music(less) Music Conference A-Traks leads a tour around his studio.

Buraka Som Sistema

Currently putting the final touches on my Buraka Som Sistema interview. Remember the above? That was 2008 when Diplo's Major Lazer was yet to exist. I do believe Buraka Som Sistema may have paved the way for the cross over between world music and electro sounds!

While working on their third album the Portuguese trio will be touching down in London to play at XOYO on 29 Jan!

Sign up to London's 'what's on newsletter' LeCool to win a free + 1 to the show. In your inbox every Thursday!

Interview up soon.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Concrete Playground: Hipstamatic For the iPhone - An Exhibition

'Budding' photographers rejoice! Hipstamatic for iPhone now has been officially recognised as a digital revolution... How ironic that we have come so far with technology and yet all we want to do is revert back to the old.. sans the effort of course. Check the whole feature here.

Concrete Playground: French Urban Art Invasion

Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille invade the urban terrain by showcasing a collaboration between those 'old' discarded city peripherals and the beauty of nature. 

Behold an aquarium in a phone-booth! Whole feature here.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Review: Gold Panda in Pictures @ Revolver

A review in pictures at Gold Panda @ Melbourne's Revolver on 15 Jan.

Photos by Buzzby Gray.

TIFDIY Review: Gold Panda

The UK's Gold Panda dropped by Melbourne for an 1.5 hour stint that had feet on the dance-floor.

Check out my review on This is Fake DIY.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Interview: Inxec

By the late 1980s the MP3 was officially born -so to was the ability to transmit music the world over. This is the sole reason producers such as the UK's Inxec are able to travel the globe - doing what they do best. And for that, without even knowing it, every producer who shares music over the Internet, whether it be through Myspace or Beatport, is eternally grateful to German inventor Karlheinz Brandenburg. 

Click here for complete interview with INXEC.

Interview: Julien Chaptal

Parisian Julien Chaptal explains the New School techno generation that's taking over Amsterdam. Click here for full interview.

Concrete Playground: Derelict Trains Create Eco-Friendly Office Space

This week Concrete Playground explores the eco-friendly studio space located in East London. Full feature here.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Interview: John Dahlback

The 2nd Dahlback chats the cheese with Skiddle and explains what it's like to live in Sweden a country whose music community is just as small as its mind. Click here for full interview.

Le Cool: Mark Powell

Soho tailor king Mark Powell is this week's Le Cool interview. Check out my interview with the Soho veteran here.

Concrete Playground: Space Invaders Take to the Streets

French artist Invader believes in a world where 1970's Space Invaders sprinkle the globe's streets. Click for full feature.

Concrete Playground: City Lights Brighten Melbourne's Alleyways

Next time you're in Melbourne don't look past its hidden lane-ways. They surely do promise more than the lingering smell of four-day-old chinese take-away! Check the feature here.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Interview: DJ Doorly


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Interview: Lightspeed Champion

Lightspeed Champion ponders a life divided by chinese food and chicken sandwiches here.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

AZARI & III - Give Into the Night

AZARI & III is Canadian duo Dinamo Azari and Alixander III. You may remember them from such tracks as 'Reckless With My Love' but don't dwell to much in the past you may just miss their future. These guys quench their thirst via the sonic nuggets they so eagerly offer. These kids ain't restin' on their laurels but they are diggin' the classic house anthem and Detroit stylinz.

Gary Low vs Washed Out

Earnest Green aka Washed Out cites his 80s upbringing as a direct influence on his musical output. Judging by the 83 Gary Low sample (see below) in 'Feel It All Around' I don't doubt that for a second.

Released by Prince Language in Sep 2010. Italo-disco - definitely a favourite.

Check My Machine - Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney - Check My Machine.

"Check My Machine" was the first ever song recorded by the Beetles frontman though it was never meant for more than a mere sound test. As a release it's his only solo project. 

The equipment in question was brand new Studer 16 track tape machine and synthesisers.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Interview: Timothy Alexander

Timothy Alexander UK music producer and founder of label Diacope got a Mac and never looked back. Click here for full interview.

God I love Mount Kimbie

Mount Kimbie's newest video release. "Before I Move Off". First time I saw them was in a dank underground space in East London. It was part of the 2010 Stag and Dagger Festival and the sound was shit. But sometimes you just know. You know? I was with a friend whose apathy was growing by the second. Safe to say we left before she it reached boiling point.

But sometimes you just know. You know?

Interview: Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi indulges in a little Q&A. Check out my interview for Concrete Playground here.

"J: What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
TYM: "Don't worry, this won't suck"."

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Interview: Hey! Alaska

Hey! Alaska guitarist Andy Spence speaks to Skiddle about the past, present and future! Click here for the whole interview.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

What are you looking at?

My photo
I am more than prone to monologues; however, this is solely due to the manner in which they compliment a witty anecdote and their ability to resemble concrete evidence when it is so obviously lacking. I often wish I could emulate that aloof character who coolly stands in the corner smiling mysteriously as if she has a secret. However, I fear resisting the temptation to involve myself in other people’s conflicts and responding through body language rather than verbose banter may come across as contrived and arrogant. And, I am not willing to take that chance.

Ye Faithful